Josephine Baran on
57 We achieve what we want
We have shared some heavy discussions.
Here are outrageous exaggerations and oversimplifications that
take a lighter look just for the fun of it. Sometimes wise things
are said in jest.
A few undefined dogmas
- Public demonstrations look
like requests for other people to do something.
I am a peace activist who does not
protest or demonstrate. It is more inviting to
- Printing money does not create wealth. It inflates the numbers we
attach to existing resources.
- Laws do not change who we are; they reflect who we
are. Happiness is not established by legislation telling people
to be nice.
- Autocracy is compulsion, not
governing. People must be led, not driven.
Flat tax can succeed when there is
- The aged and disabled require
appropriate occupation that sustains a healthy sense of
self-worth. If you are supported by the common fund, you owe your
strength to the common cause. Nobody is idle, including the
a) Article 26 asks society to educate all people to their
maximum potential. This is the principle underlying needs-blind
admissions policies. Society is capable of universal free
education with or without government in the mix. Pick your method
so long as education comes by aptitude, not wealth.
of outlawing underpaid jobs, create better paying ones so that
nobody will be left to fill substandard positions. Minimum wage
rises without adding more laws. When the public expects
cooperation, we will find more constructive motivation than “name
and shame.” The private market will express our
c) A happy
populace with high productivity depends on universal public
healthcare. Active prevention and health maintenance are
necessary at the individual and group levels.
what will work.
taxation is not measured in percentage of income. It is measured
by how much every person has left after paying the tax. You may
tax me down to any take-home pay you choose so long as you tax
yourself down to the same level. That is what we mean by the
phrase “we are all in this together.” My children deserve the
same education given to your children. There are many paths to a
successful mix. In my family education has been funded by
scholarships, not taxation.
Kennedy taught that a government big enough to give you all you
want is big enough to take all you have. That is a welcome ideal
that I am eager to implement. Businesspeople know very well that
we do not get all we want unless we give it everything we
and vouchers can be used to distribute resources leaving nobody
out. If our country is not sophisticated enough to organize that
through the government, we must do it privately by uniting our
humanity and voluntarily doing what is necessary. There will
always be decisions that look bad in hindsight. That just proves
that we are learning how to do better.
Perhaps my favorite soapbox is support
for universal healthcare. The topic often raises ire, much to my
dismay. If people would only see what I observe about human
well-being, they would join me in assuring wellness conditioning
for everybody. There is no logic to support keeping people
Closer examination reveals conditions
where there can be differences. For some reason, there are
knowledgeable people who do not choose to deliver universal
healthcare in the same way as I would. They think they are fully
Note that the above paragraph is not
about healthcare. It is about delivery systems. There can be
differences even when everybody agrees that health is a good
thing. Indeed, I think we agree universally that anyone who can
make the world healthier is obligated to do so because it makes
everybody including that person happier. I am sure that I could
find a reason that every person in the world would rather be
Now I am talking about two different
happinesses. One is to share good health. The other is to arrive
there together. We can have both. The most extreme case, if you
will not budge from a strong position, is for me to say “OK,
let’s do it your way, making absolutely sure that we get
there.” I can be perfectly happy working for the common goal
even if we are not doing it my way. I value the
goal, not the way we get there.
Humans’ Needs, all of them fall in the class of
benefits that cannot morally be withheld over differences in
persons or methods. All humans inherently sit at the table as a
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